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Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Contemporary Mali


Sep 16 2015


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Sissako's "Timbuktu" and Contemporary Mali

Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Contemporary Mali

With Bruce Hall and Amadou Fofana

Join as at the Forum for Scholars and Publics in 011 Old Chemistry Building for a discussion with historian Bruce Hall and film studies scholar Amadou Fofana about the film “Timbuktu,” a powerful and celebrated depiction of the occupation of the Mali town by Jihadists. The film will be screened on Monday, September 14th, at 7 pm in the Griffith Film Theatre of the Bryan Center on Duke’s campus as part of the Center for French and Francophone Studies film series. We will discuss both the political and cultural context depicted in the film and its place within the work of Sissako (the director of numerous films, including Bamako) and the broader context of West African film.

Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.

REVIEW: Abderrahmane Sissako’s TIMBUKTU, Bold As Love Magazine.


Bruce Hall

Duke University

Bruce Hall is Associate Professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Duke University. His first book, A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), is about the development of ideas about racial difference along the West African Sahel. The research for…...

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Amadou Fofana

Williamette University & Duke University

Dr. Amadou T. Fofana is Associate Professor of French at Willamette University and a Humanities Writ-Large 2015-2016 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University. He received a Licence es Lettres and a Maîtrise in English from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He also received an MA in French Literature and…...

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